With 2.3 million people behind bars in this country, the United States has earned the disgraceful distinction of being the world’s largest jailer. The nation’s machine of mass incarceration severely limits the ability of people, disproportionately people of color, from participating in the social, political and economic life of this country.
The ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice is committed to realizing a new criminal justice system – one that is substantially smaller than its current size while also keeping communities safe, advancing racial justice, treating people fairly, and using fiscal resources wisely.
The Rights For All Regional Voting Organizer will work in Green Bay, Racine, Menomonee, Wausau, or La Crosse to organize and educate members of that community on voting rights, especially as they pertain to people who have been impacted by the criminal justice system.
This position is a temporary position through December 1 that reports to the Rights For All Voting Campaign Coordinator. Although based in one of six cities, it might require travel around the region, contingent upon safety of travel outlined by health professionals.
- Ensure that the interests and vision of impacted populations and the broader community shape the ACLU’s work on criminal justice reform, especially as it pertains to voting rights;
- Identify, recruit, train, support and organize a cohort of volunteers to assist people to exercise their voting rights;
- Distribute voting rights information to community members and coalitions;
- Educate local voters on obstacles within our current electoral climate and the solutions for navigating them;
- Collect and share information pertaining to volunteers engaging in voting rights with the ACLU of Wisconsin’s Smart Justice Campaign;
- Recruit and help train volunteers to attend and participate in Smart Justice Campaign activities;
- Demonstrate a commitment to diversity using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance, record of arrest or conviction;
- Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts;
- Be able to conduct community outreach like phone-banking, 1:1 partnership meetings, speaking with elected officials, (virtual) town halls, data management, attending coalition meetings;
- Communicate regularly with and report to the Rights For All Campaign Coordinator.
A successful candidate must have and maintain the following qualifications:
- Commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU and a passion for criminal justice issues, commitment to reform, and an understanding of the racialized nature of the criminal justice system are absolutely essential;
- A car and a valid Wisconsin driver's license and the ability to undertake travel within Wisconsin, as well as the availability to work some evenings and weekends;
- Understanding of the voting rights of people impacted by the criminal legal system;
- Flexible team player who understands opportunities and challenges of building and working in large, diverse coalitions, and sharing responsibilities and credit;
- A demonstrated ability to manage details and follow through without direct supervision;
- Proven ability to effectively communicate in writing and through public presentation;
- Personal enthusiasm, optimism and a sense of humor;
- Personal experience being incarcerated or in other ways entangled with the criminal justice system is preferred.
Compensation is $18 per hour, approximately five hours per week.
The position will remain open until filled. Please submit a resume, a brief cover letter describing your interest in the organizer position, and three references to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The ACLU of Wisconsin is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to arrest or conviction, race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability or veteran status.
Revised July 7, 2020